Too long I had held my grudge against you.
The unshed tears clouding my vision
Your virtues eclipsed by that one vice
But today I have rid self of confusion
How could I turn a blind eye and let it demonize?
With age comes wisdom and with wisdom realisation,
Even gods I have discovered have feet of clay
Dad, you were just a man, all heart I can say.
As I sit down to record my time with you
Its the memories of good times that shine through.
Being orphaned as a toddler and denied parental care
You lavished love on us,never raised a finger
With four kids to raise, you taught us that love is to share
And never allow the bitterness of having too less to linger.
You denied us nothing, overlooked bad grades
You taught love is unconditional with no expiry date.
I so remember those mobike rides when the rest of the family was away
You would ask me to sing out loud and hold you tight
So that you knew I was awake and had not fallen off on the way,
And cuddle me to sleep in the deep of the night.
Your off centre rotis and clumsy attempts at tying my hair
Dad these are the memories that with my kids I share.
But most precious is what mom had once told
When you refused to let go off me, the third daughter in a row.
If I may make a claim so bold
I think I was your favourite, my siblings won’t agree though.
My love for movies and reading books
Laughter as medicine to counter sorrows in life
Was all nurtured under your benign look
You taught me how to actually live this life.
For every thing can’t be measured by success alone.
You gave us wings, you let us be
When we fell we got up on our own
I can’t recall any restrictions on me.
I remember your love, I remember the joy and more
I also prefer to forget the dark days of yore
If I have to live this life once more,
I would like to have you my dad all the more.